Daily Archives: November 13, 2007

Fun with Linux: The Existential File System

The Linux file system is very different from that found in other systems. You use Linux files all the time, because most of the time that your browser “gets” a web page, it is accessing a Linux file system. Here, I just want to point out a few cool things about the system. In some ways, the system is annoyingly complex, but for good reasons. Some of the key differences between, say, the Linux system and the Windows/DOS system are the very reasons that it is fairly easy to set a virus or other damaging bit of code loose in a Windows computer but difficult in a Linux computer. Continue reading Fun with Linux: The Existential File System

Judging Judgment Day. Spontaneous Generation (Live Blogging) III

Oooh, that lawyer for ID was played very smarmily … nice acting. And the guy they got to play Georg Bush was fantastic … looked exactly like him.Darwin’s great great great great grandson has a teleological view of evolution. Well, I guess understanding evolution is not genetic. Or at least, not selected for. Continue reading Judging Judgment Day. Spontaneous Generation (Live Blogging) III

Judging Judgment Day. Spontaneous Generation (Live Blogging)

Spontaneous Generation (Live Blogging)I did not like the verbiage … the wording … of the pre-show intro at all. Listening to it by itself, ID and “Darwin’s Theory” sound like they are of similar import. It really is not necessary in this day and age to pretend that there is actually a debate. Especially on PBS, for crying out loud.I resent and object to the idea that an issue is not real unless you can show the cover of time with that issue depicted on it.In the reconstruction, the actors looked better than the originals for the most part.I wonder if people outside the Northeast realize that in the Northeast we generally consider Pennsylvania to be “southern.” Well, now you know.This whole story, Dover, is Exhibit A for abolishing the School Board System of managing education.

Overheard in Minneapolis

Question: In science, in reference to probability, how come what you predict is not always what you get?Answer from 12 year old:Because experimental and theoretical probability are not the same.Answer from Hight School student:Because everyone has their own opinions, views,concepts, and interests, and no one wants to believe they are wrong about what they are saying. Well, what these many people have to say forms into predictions. Then, someone who is a couple of steps higher in level and who actually studies the topic can tell you the actual answer….What is going on here is obvious. The middle school student is talking about probability. The high school student is talking about the blogosphere.

A good way to cook a turkey

My daughter, Julia, is named after two people. One of them is Julia Child. I happen to think Julia Child has had more influence on American society than most other people, by helping to make varied and interesting cuisine part of American culture.One day when Julia was a very young child (my Julia, not Julia Child), I was out walking her in her carriage. I turned the corner around the Van Serg Building on the Harvard Campus and practically ran into Julia Child, who was walking in the other direction on her daily constitutional.”Oh, what a cute child,” she said. (And she was a cute child, I assure you.) “What’s her name.”Well, that was an interesting conversation…..Anyway, I want to suggest that you use a recipe invented by Julia Child for cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey this year. It is called “Laid Back Turkey.” It is, in my view, the best possible way to cook a turkey.But it is not for the feint of heart…. Continue reading A good way to cook a turkey

National Survey Explores Race and Gender in 21st -Century Politics

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) – A team of political scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of New Mexico, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Notre Dame has completed a groundbreaking survey that explores how race and gender is changing the political landscape of the United States. The scholars presented their findings today at a press conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project is, to date, the most comprehensive multiracial, multi-office national survey of Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American elected officials holding position at state and local levels.Principal investigators include Pei-te Lien, a professor of political science at UC Santa Barbara; Christine Marie Sierra, a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico; Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Dianne M. Pinderhughes, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. They constructed a national database of over 10,000 public officials in federal and selected state and local office. Survey respondents were drawn from this database and included 1,354 officials, slightly more than half of whom are African American, over one-third are Latino/a, seven percent are Asian American, and two percent are Native American. Among other topics, respondents discussed their positions on issues such as the war in Iraq, the No Child Left Behind education policy, immigration, and the Voting Rights Act.

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